ever since last year's visit of spanish top chef ferran adrià to peru, where he shot an interesting documentary on the country's food scene, peruvian cuisine has officially been a global trend. the stomping ground of the mighty inca, the country has an exteremely rich cultural legacy that has been further boosted in later centuries by waves of immigrants from countries as diverse as spain, italy, japan and china. they obviously brought along their cooking skills and flavours, making today's peruvian cuisine one of the richest and most diverse. the trend now resonates in full force across the planet, having now reached the british capital and manifesting itself through coya, a stylish peruvian restaurant with a private members bar.
housed in a grand georgian building in leafy mayfair, the interior design has been crafted by the design team of london-based practice sagrada, and headed by richard saunders. coya's setting is one of a wonderfully dilapidated luxe with incan influences, paired with sleek and contemporary metallic finishes. the space brings together an array of painted murals, textures and finishes, and a string of antique peruvian furniture pieces that collectively create an edgy yet sophisticated take on latin america. the main dining room is located on the ground floor and seats 100 guests. it features a ceviche bar where guests can sit and indulge in a wide range of classic ceviche and tiradito dishes. for a more exclusive setting a private dining room for ten is available, and comes with its own smoking terrace.
the room opens to coya's central kitchen and is spiced up by a piece of happening street art by a resident south american artist. the restaurant's bar section is inspired by the authentic vibe found at lima's oldest pisco bars. lively and happening, it serves a lengthy list of pisco-based cocktails and infusions that are second to none. music and art will play a key role in creating a dynamic atmosphere individual to coya. live bands and deejays will be playing a host of genres representing the old and the new as well as revelling in the cross pollination between latin culture, brit sounds and other musical traditions. and needless to say that in a place like this, the coya team has made an effort to come up with exceptional dishes.
they've traveled to peru and other places around south america to get inspired by its abundance of flavours and ensure absolute authentic dishes. the latter is done under supervision by head chef sanjay dwivedi, a skilled craftsman who spent many months in peru to beef up on his knowledge of local flavours and cooking. dwivedi has maintained the traditional elements of local cuisine while creating a contemporary menu for a modern and bubbly london scene. guests can expect to be delighted with a menu that includes anticuchos or grilled skewered meat, including ox heart with parsley and ají rocoto, and parrillada dishes such as pechuga de pato – duck breast with lúcuma, soya sauce and coriander shoots. salads will feature hearts of palm with roasted cashew nuts and sesame dressing, and a josper section features a range of meat and fish cooked on the traditional josper oven. location: 118 piccadilly [mayfair].